Vintage from the 19th century
paper, silk thread, silk cord, woodblock prints
Kobunsha’s Fairy Tale Series No. 13. The Silly Jelly Fish. Antique Japanese paperback book, color, woodblock print illustrations, by Gyokusho Kawabata. English translation by B.H. Chamberlain.
“Japanese Fairy Tale Series No. 13
The Silly Jelly-Fish
Told in English by B.H. Chamberlain
Published by the Kobunsha, 2, Minami, Saegicho, Tokyo”
This is likely a First Edition, but Second Printing or later. Most likely printed in 1887 (Meiji 20)
22 pages (including covers)
The book is made of paper (not crepe paper) of a newsprint weight and is bound simply in the four stab hole Yamato Toji binding style, whit white silk cord.
4 7/8 x 7 1/8 in (12.3 x 18.3 cm)
Inside the back cover is a listing of the first 14 Japanese Fairy Tales.
Good to fair used antique condition with a fair amount of wear, especially on the front cover, where their is water staining, worn and edges/corners with tearing, and folded corners. The inner pages corners are also worn, some slightly folded and the corner. The front cover is ripping away from one area of the binding, as seen above. The back cover is partially detached from the binding and is very worn. The whole book is yellowed from age (as would be expected with the type of paper and age.) There is foxing present on at least two of the inner pages. The illustrations and print on the inner pages overall are in good to very good condition. There are no tears or cuts on the inner pages. The binding is intact, butThe condition has been taken into great consideration when pricing this piece.